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  1. Members from 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are among those slated for an upcoming deployment. Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington / Army

    Deployments to Afghanistan announced for 3,600

    Three more units will deploy as part of the rotation of forces in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  2. The ballistic-missile submarine Wyoming is one of seven subs with female officers. Starting in 2016, these subs will be the first to include female enlisted crew members. MC1 Rex Nelson/Navy

    Enlisted women to serve on attack submarines after 2020

    With female officers having served in the boomer force for nearly three years, the Navy is aiming for women to make up a significant portion of the ballistic-missile submarine force by 2020, one of the new waypoints in the silent service's historic integr

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  3. An Air Force F-16 flies away after refueling midflight from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a Red Flag exercise in February. AP

    Air Force refocuses on training as wars wind down

    After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  4. Few takers in first year of Marine career sabbatical program

    The Marine Corps' offer to troops to take three years off from active duty has found few volunteers so far.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  5. Air Force personnel arrange traffic cones near the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base on July 23 in Jacksonville, Ark. The base was locked down Wednesday morning amid reports of a suspicious person. The lockdown was later lifted. Danny Johnston / AP

    Lockdown lifted at Little Rock AFB

    Military officials have lifted the lockdown at Little Rock Air Force Base that was prompted by reports of a suspicious person, but no details about what sparked the hours-long shutdown Wednesday have been released.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  6. The Salute Battery of 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment renders honors during the re-flagging of 212th Fires Brigade to 1st Armored Division Artillery on Wednesday Fort Bliss, Texas. Army

    As 212th Fires Brigade re-flags, DIVARTYs begin a comeback

    The first step in the Army's revamped artillery organization one that will look familiar to some senior officers took place Wednesday at Fort Bliss, Texas, when the 212th Fires Brigade re-flagged to become the 1st Armored Division Artillery.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  7. Incoming Naval Academy superintendent Rear Adm. Ted Carter, left, takes the oath of office administered by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert at a Wednesday ceremony. Carter was promoted to vice admiral for his new post. MC2 Tyler Caswell / Navy

    Naval Academy welcomes new superintendent

    Back in 2010, the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations made a $100 bet with then-Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller that he wouldn't survive a second four-year stint back on the yard.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  8. Continuing to deal with results of his injuries, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry decided it was time to retire. Robert D. Ward / Army

    Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry retires today

    One soldier's career: Ranger with eight deployments, lost his hand to a grenade while saving his buddies, pinned with the Medal of Honor, met presidents and celebrities, smiling in dress uniform as grand master at parades and speaker at university commenc

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  9. The Gereshk Storage and Distribution Center in Helmand province is a cold and dry storage facility designed to store, process and transport produce. The facility has stayed empty since it was completed in May 2013. Army

    Investigation: $3 million Helmand food storage facility never used

    The independent agency responsible for oversight of U.S.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  10. Erin Corwin disappeared June 23 after leaving her home on the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base. AP

    Missing Marine wife Erin Corwin may be 'voluntarily missing'

    Law enforcement officials say they have new locations to comb for clues in the search for Erin Corwin, a pregnant Marine wife who vanished three weeks ago near the Southern California desert Marine base of Twentynine Palms.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  11. Wall Manor Navy/13News Now/WVEC.com

    Sailor dies following fall from barracks balcony

    The Navy says one of its sailors has died after falling from the sixth-floor balcony of a barracks at Naval Station Norfolk.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  12. Chris Pape and wife, Maj. Dana Pape, pose for a photo after his nomination for Armed Forces Insurance 2014 Air Force Spouse of the Year. Photos by Silver Lane Photography

    Website founder's goal to help male spouses connect

    Spouses are often swept into the hyperactive military lifestyle PCSing, becoming the primary caregiver, learning the lingo without a proper 'how-to' guide.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  13. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., , speaks to reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise

    A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  14. Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  15. Viral video: Watch what happens when Marines confront an apparent Army faker

    A video showing two Marines confronting a man dressed as an Army sergeant major is making the rounds on Facebook.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  16. World War II veteran Cpl. Elmer Mackall, a Montford Point Marine, is presented with a Congressional Gold Medal by Rachel Jones, left, and Army Capt. Azizi Wesmiller. Office of Sen. Barbara Mikulski

    Montford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal

    Cpl. Elmer Mackall of Calvert County was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony held Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  17. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

    Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating th

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  18. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters Jan. 26 in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. Matt Volz / AP

    Montana senator's Army War College thesis appears to plagiarize

    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  19. Pfc. Paul Ieti, with A Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, poses with fans at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. He'll sing on NBC's 'America's Got Talent' tonight. Submitted photo via Army

    Pfc. performs on 'America's Got Talent' tonight

    Pfc. Paul Ieti's performance in the first round of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' earned a standing ovation and hugs from three of the show's four celebrity judges a supermodel, a Spice Girl and Howard Stern.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  20. Security personnel run past a C-130 aircraft on static display at the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., on Wednesday. The base has been on lockdown since late morning. Danny Johnston/The Associated Press

    Little Rock AFB locked down amid report of suspicious person

    Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  21. Study: Childhood traumas are more common in military members

    Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  22. A Fort Bliss soldiers is seen observing along the border in 2012, as part of 'Operation Nimbus II,' where active-duty soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Bliss provided air and ground reconnaissance and surveillance support to the Border Patrol. Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson/Army

    Guardsmen will not patrol border to catch illegal immigrants

    The roughly 1,000 Texas Army and Air National Guard troops being dispatched to the U.S.-Mexico border will not be tasked with apprehending illegal immigrants, said the adjutant general of the Texas National Guard.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  23. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    College's recruiting practices draw congressional fire

    Senators and student veteran leaders are working to dissuade would-be college students from using GI Bill funds to enroll at WyoTech and Heald, criticizing the schools' recent recruiting actions as irresponsible and predatory.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  24. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 25. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Harkin: Recruit the disabled for non-combat jobs

    While veterans' groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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